International Policy Resources

International Resources

The following science, policy, regulatory, standards-related, and other resources are offered for your awareness and reference.

The Codex Alimentarius is the international organization created by the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) to develop food standards, guidelines and other texts under the Joint FAO/WHO Food Standards Programme to protect the health of consumers and ensure fair practices in food trade. As a nongovernmental organization with observer status IFT participates in meetings of select Codex committees and task forces.

Codex Meeting Reports

With the mandate of raising levels of nutrition, improving agricultural productivity, bettering the lives of rural populations, and contributing to the growth of the world economy, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nation serves as a knowledge network, shares policy expertise, provides a neutral meeting forum for nations, and brings technical knowledge to the field.

FAO Resources

As the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations, the World Health Organization provides leadership on global health matters, shapes the health research agenda, sets norms and standards, articulates evidence-based policy options, provides technical support to countries, and monitors and assesses health trends.

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Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) is an international expert scientific committee administered jointly by FAO and WHO. JECFA serves as an independent scientific committee which performs risk assessments on food additives, contaminants, naturally occurring toxicants and residues of veterinary drugs in food and provides advice for the CAC and its committees.

JECFA Meeting Report

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is a scientific risk assessment body of the European Union, providing scientific advice on food and feed safety, nutrition, animal health, plant protection, and plant health. Select reports are provided below.

Editorials

Guidance Documents

News Stories

Scientific Opinions

Scientific Reports

Statements

Technical Reports

 

The Food Chemicals Codex (FFC) is a compendium of internationally recognized standards for the authenticity, purity and identity of food ingredients. The compendium features about 1,100 monographs, including food-grade chemicals, processing aids, foods, flavoring agents, vitamins, and functional food ingredients, as well as information on topics such as adulteration, analytical methods and more.

The FCC plays a key role in safeguarding commerce and public health by providing essential criteria and analytical methods to authenticate and determine the quality of food ingredients. FCC standards are beneficial to all stakeholders in the food industry as agreed standards between suppliers and manufacturers aid in distinguishing genuine products from inferior or adulterated ingredients and substances, thereby helping to make the food supply chain safer and assuring consumers of the quality of the food products they consume. 

FCC Resources

The IFT Global Food Traceability Center (GFTC) convenes industry sector stakeholders to facilitate pre-competitive processes which promulgate standards, especially for upstream segments of the food value chain. For more information, visit the GFTC standards and protocols page.
GS1 is a standards body that develops and maintains business communication standards and protocols pertinent to food logistics and traceability. GS1 promulgates standards such as barcodes, communication formats (e.g., EPCIS), and logistics networks (e.g., the Global Data Synchronization Network). GS1 standards have broad usage in the food industry worldwide, especially for consumer-packaged goods, fresh products, meat and poultry, and food service.
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was established by the Consumer Goods Forum to benchmark food safety standards worldwide. The GFSI scope encompasses food supply chain safety from production/source to consumption. GFSI seeks to reduce food safety risks through standardization, manage costs in the global food system, develop capacity and competency across global food systems, and provide an international platform for knowledge exchange.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) develops and publishes international standards relating to topics, including food ingredients, food safety and quality, and nanotechnology, through a network of national member standards institutes of 162 countries.

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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) is an international organization that works to build better policies for better lives. Its goal is to shape policies that foster prosperity, equality, opportunity, and well-being for all. Together with governments, policy makers, and citizens, the OECD works on establishing international norms.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CIFA) highest priority is mitigating risks to food safety, with the health and safety of Canadians the driving force behind the design and development of its programs. In collaboration and partnership with industry, consumers, and federal, provincial, and municipal organizations, CFIA works towards protecting Canadians from preventable health risks related to food and zoonotic diseases. 

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Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FANZ)

The Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is a statutory authority in the Australian Government Health Portfolio. FSANZ develops food standards for Australia and New Zealand.

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Health Canada

Health Canada is responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, ensuring that high-quality health services are accessible, and working to reduce health risks.

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U.K. Foods Standards Agency

The U.K. Food Standards Agency is an independent government department working across England, Wales, and Northern Ireland to protect public health and consumers’ wider interests in food.

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EFSA seeks public input on ochratoxin A

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is seeking feedback from interested parties on its scientific opinion about public health risks related to the presence of ochratoxin A (OTA) in food.

Barry Callebaut reports sustainable sourcing achievement

Barry Callebaut has released its Forever Chocolate Progress Report 2018/2019, which notes that of all the agricultural raw materials the company sourced in 2018/2019, 51% were sustainably sourced.

Nielsen’s breakthrough innovation winners include 15 food, beverage products

Nielsen Global Connect has released its Top 25 Breakthrough Innovation winners for 2019. For close to a decade, this list has been the gold standard in recognizing innovation and global success within the consumer packaged goods (CPG) space. Of the 25 winners, 15 of the products are from food companies.

Japan approves U.S. trade deal

According to the Financial Times, the Japanese government has approved a U.S. trade deal that will slash Japanese tariffs on U.S. beef just 10 weeks after it was first agreed and less than nine months since the start of negotiations.

Trump administration finalizes rule to tighten food stamp restrictions

According to The New York Times, the Trump administration gave final approval on December 4 to a rule that will remove nearly 700,000 people from the U.S. federal food-stamp program by strictly enforcing federal work requirements.

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Learning about human appetites from the common fruit fly

Insights into the diets of the tiny common fruit fly may help provide understandings into how humans evolved to eat what we eat, according to new research published in Cell Reports and a press release from Kyoto University.

Identifying the genes that control plant traits

An international team of scientists led by the University of Goettingen has developed a new approach to identifying the genes that control plant traits.

Students engineer honey using bacterium, not bees

A team of 12 students from the Department of Biotechnology and Food Engineering at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology has won a gold medal at the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition in Boston for its bee-free honey.

Growing crops in high-salinity soil

Earth’s soil is becoming more saline, and as it does, growing crops becomes more difficult or impossible. Scientists at Brigham Young University (BYU) may have discovered a way to prevent soil salinity from ruining crops and crop yields.

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